colin’s musical wheelhouse lives somewhere in between classical and hip hop (and most everything in between)...a true chameleon in the studio and on stage, he is able to shift gears easily and find the sweet spot in whatever he is working on. colin studied jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and then at The New School in New York. while in school, he had a regular standing gig playing saxophone with with the renowned musician/composer/trumpeter John D’earth at his thursday night residency at Charlottesville’s "Miller’s". since graduating in 2006, colin has produced, written, arranged, and performed for many artists including Albert Hammond, Jr., Natalie Prass, Sanders Bohlke, Jason Mraz, The Hill and Wood, Juliana Daugherty, Diane Cluck, Lena Fayre, Schuyler Fisk and others. he’s been a favorite collaborator of indie and mainstream artists alike...noisey/vice called him a “...ridiculously dextrous multi-instrumentalist”.
fresh off a year+ run touring the world as guitar player and side-man to Albert Hammond, Jr., colin is currently working on a handful of projects out of his own BriarPatch studio in Green Springs, VA. next up for killalea are the soon-to-be releases of two projects he produced: Juliana Daugherty’s debut record “LIGHT” (Western Vinyl), as well as a new single “Never Wake” from the velvet voiced Sanders Bohlke. colin has also released music under his two side projects KLAUSS and EX-POETS and is set to debut his own solo effort in early 2018.
other interests include the new yorker magazine, game of thrones and roger federer.